The Guidance Note on Data Privacy, Ethics and Protection sets out general guidance on data privacy, data protection and data ethics for the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) concerning the use of big data, collected in real time by private sector entities as part of their business offerings, and shared with UNDG members for the purposes of strengthening operational implementation of their programmes to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
The Guidance Note is designed to:
- Establish common principles across UNDG to support the operational use of big data for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
- Serve as a risk-management tool taking into account fundamental human rights; and
- Set principles for obtaining, retention, use and quality control for data from the private sector.
- The Guidance Note is not a legal document. It provides only a minimum basis for self-regulation, and therefore may be expanded and elaborated on by the implementing organizations.
- It is recommended that the Principles described in the Guidance Note be implemented through more detailed operational guidelines that account for the implementation of UNDG member organizations’ mandates as well as their existing regulations, rules and policies concerning data privacy, data protection, data ethics and data security.
- It is recommended that designated legal, ethics, privacy and security experts be consulted, when necessary, regarding the implementation of, and compliance with, this Note.
- Implementing organizations are encouraged to establish a monitoring mechanism for compliance and implementation of this Note.